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Elite Shed Dogs Officials


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Code of Ethics

A judge should uphold the integrity of the breed standard or standard of performance. Breed standards are the hallmarks of the breed and carry with them the future of the breed itself as well as its preservation. Rules outlining a qualifying performance are the backbone of a dogs demonstration of ability. It is the judges duty to sustain and promote these values to the best of their ability.

A judge should maintain and enforce high standards of conduct and should personally observe those standards. Deference to judgements depends on the exhibitors confidence of the integrity of the judge, this in turn depends on the judge acting with confidence without fear or favor.

A judge should remain accountable for all judgements and allow constructive discourse with exhibitors regarding his or her decisions.

A judge should avoid impropriety or the appearance of impropriety in all activities. Irresponsible or improper conduct erodes exhibitor confidence. This applies to both professional and personal conduct.

A judge should respect and comply with the rules and tenets of the United Kennel Club, and should act always in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the registry.

A judge should not allow family, social, political, financial, or other relationships to influence judgement. A judge should neither lend the prestige of their position to advance their own private interests nor allow others to convey the impression that they are in a position to influence a judges decisions.

A judge must expect to be the subject of constant public scrutiny, and accept freely restrictions that might be burdensome to others who do not hold this position.

A judge should not be a member of any organization that practices discrimination against race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin.

A judge must be in good standing with the United Kennel Club at all times and in all circumstances. Involvement or suspected involvement in animal cruelty or dog fighting will carry with it the full weight of disciplinary action from the United Kennel Club.

A judge should diligently execute administrative responsibilities and maintain professional confidence by addressing correspondence in a timely manner with UKC clubs and the United Kennel Club.